Green campaign for Syracuse mayor to launch Wednesday

p kevin bottFrom the Syracuse Post-Standard:

Kevin Bott, the Green Party candidate for Syracuse mayor, will kick off his campaign on the steps of Syracuse City Hall Wednesday afternoon – the day after the Democratic Party primary.

Expect to hear about some issues not discussed so far in the race. The five issues listed on his website include leadership, poverty and jobs, education, justice and birth.

Bott is the associate director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life. He is also the founder and artistic director of The D.R.E.A.M. Freedom Revival, in Syracuse. He has also directed a downstate non-profit that works through theater with men recently released and in prison. He has a doctorate in educational theater from New York University.

His justice platform includes “ban the box,” a phrase that refers to removing questions about past criminal convictions from initial job applications. He also wants to raise the age at which young people can be tried as adults, with a minimum age of 18.

His wife Aimee Brill is a doula and childbirth educator. Bott’s birth platform includes calling for volunteer doula programs in hospitals and a community birth advocate program for refugees to navigate American hospitals.

The campaign kick-off event is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. outside city hall, 233 E. Washington St.

Dave Schwab

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